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Thousands of Zimbabweans from all callings, political parties and religious groups thronged the National Sports Stadium in Harare yesterday as the country celebrated its 38th independence anniversary. It was the first independence celebrations to be officiated by President Mnangagwa following the resignation of former president Robert Mugabe in November last year.
People started gathering at the giant 60 000-seater stadium as early as 6am and by 10am, the venue was full to capacity.
The celebrations brought together Government ministers, Zanu-PF senior officials, MDC-T officials led by Mr Nelson Chamisa, diplomats, service chiefs and ordinary Zimbabweans.
Official proceedings began with the arrival of dignitaries followed by the National Anthem and subsequent flypast by Air Force of Zimbabwe jets and helicopters.
President Mnangagwa then inspected a parade mounted by members of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, the Zimbabwe Republic Police and the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services.
This was followed by a march in slow and quick time as the Guard of Honour advanced in review order before torch bearers entered the stadium and handed the torch to President Mnangagwa who then lit the Independence Flame.
First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa released pigeons into the sky as a symbol of peace and love — a message that has defined the new dispensation.
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